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Eat Cheap {$0.75 Meals & $0.25 Snacks}

Complete Meals for $0.75 {or less}

BREAKFAST - (always served with milk - $0.24 per 8 oz.)

  1. Breakfast burrito ~ Simple Flour Tortilla filled with a scrambled egg cooked with diced bell pepper, and sausage
  2. Scrambled egg, toast (homemade bread) with Strawberry Freezer Jam, 1/2 cup fruit
  3. Apple-cinnamon oatmeal ~ diced apples and cinnamon cooked in the oatmeal
  4. Peanut butter maple oatmeal ~ peanut butter and homemade syrup cooked in the oatmeal
  5. Cream of wheat topped with a few blueberries, 1/2 cup fruit
  6. Homemade bran muffin, 1/2 cup fruit
  7. Ham and veggie omelet, toast ~ egg, ham, tomato, pepper, onion in omelet
  8. Maple pecan oatmeal, 1/2 cup fruit ~ Maple & Honey Syrup and chopped pecans cooked in the oatmeal 
  9. German pancakes with homemade syrup or jam, 1/2 cup fruit
  10. Homemade pancakes with homemade syrup or jam, scrambled egg
  11. Homemade waffle with homemade syrup or jam, scrambled egg, 
  12. Generic cheerios (or other whole grain) cereal with 1/2 sliced banana and milk
  13. Crockpot Yogurt parfait with fruit and homemade granola
  14. Homemade bagel with 1 Tbsp reduced-fat cream cheese
  15. Homemade hashbrowns, scrambled egg, 1/2 cup fruit
  16. Slice of french toast (homemade french bread) with homemade syrup and 1/2 cup fruit


LUNCH

  1. Tuna fish sandwich on Best Wheat Bread, small green salad and light dressing
  2. PB & J on Grandma’s Country White Bread, 8 oz. milk, carrot and celery sticks
  3. Lunch meat sandwich, 1/2 apple ~ light mustard, cheese slice, lettuce, tomato slice on homemade bread
  4. Veggie quesadilla ~ on homemade tortilla, sauteed onion, tomato, bell pepper, and cheese
  5. PB-banana sandwich, 8 oz. milk~ 2 Tbsp. PB on homemade bread with 1/2 banana sliced inside
  6. Cheese quesadilla on a homemade tortilla, small green salad and light dressing
  7. Grilled cheese on homemade bread, 1/2 cup fruit
  8. Egg salad sandwich on homemade bread, small green salad and light dressing
  9. Crockpot “Refried” Bean burrito on a homemade tortilla, small green salad with light dressing, 1/2 cup fruit
  10. Homemade minestrone soup, homemade bread stick, small green salad with light dressing


DINNER

  1. Loaded baked potato, small green salad with light dressing
  2. Favorite Chicken Noodle Soup, homemade roll, 1/2 cup fruit or small salad
  3. Amazing Fried Rice, clementine orange
  4. Best Crockpot Chili, homemade roll
  5. Homemade potato broccoli soup, small salad with light dressing, Grandma Benson’s Dinner Roll
  6. Homemade spicy chicken and rice skillet, roll, small salad with light dressing
  7. Homemade lentil soup, homemade bread stick, small salad with light dressing
  8. Tuna noodle casserole, 1/2 cup fruit ~ homemade Egg Noodles
  9. Pasta, a red meat sauce, small green salad, homemade bread stick
  10. Chicken and veggie stir-fry, rice
  11. Vegetable beef soup, homemade bread stick, small salad with light dressing
  12. Homemade Fish SticksHealthy Oven Steak Fries, 1/2 cup fruit
  13. Homemade ham and veggie pizza, bread stick, small green salad with light dressing
  14. Bean tostada (homemade fried corn tortilla) topped w/lettuce, tomato, and cheese, 1/2 cup fruit
Snacks for $0.25 {or less}
  1. Cheese stick
  2. Craisins (1/4 cup)
  3. Raisins (1/4 cup)
  4. Carrot and celery sticks
  5. Whole wheat crackers, 1 Tbsp PB
  6. 1/2 apple
  7. Banana
  8. Hard-boiled egg
  9. 1/2 orange
  10. 1 large graham cracker, 1/2 cup milk
  11. No-bake “Food Storage” Granola Bars
  12. Olive Oil Microwave Popcorn
  13. PB toast ~ homemade bread and 1 Tbsp PB
  14. 1/2 cup crockpot yogurt
Some notes about this list:
1.) These are not giant servings. A teenage boy would laugh his head off at this list while consuming an entire loaf of bread slathered in peanut butter… on the other hand, a 2-year old is going to think it’s a feast.
2.) Make nearly everything on this list from scratch: bread, tortillas, rolls, bread sticks, pizza crust, sauces, muffins, syrup, jam… you get the idea. It’s more nutritious and it’s cheaper. 
3.) If you were to ONLY eat what was on this list, you may not meet your recommended intake of fruits and veggies. These ideas are meant to help lower the cost of your healthy meals and snacks, and not necessarily to be the only things you eat… though you could pull it off for a short period of time. Take a multivitamin ($0.03 - $0.04 each… since you were wondering) and eat other things along with the ideas mentioned on this list.
4.) Some of these ideas contain only best guesses on prices based.  If you live in Los Angeles or New York City, or any number of other places, you might expect to pay more.
5.) The small green salads are SMALL and use inexpensive greens (mostly romaine and little to no iceberg lettuce).
6.) The 1/2 cup serving of fruit is for fruit that is in season (therefore priced at it’s lowest) and costs about $0.25 or less (but does not include things like raspberries or blackberries. Those little babies are pricey even when they are in season). This list is meant to supplement your meal plans to save you money, and not limit you entirely from the wonderful world of more expensive produce like asparagus, green peas, cherries, and apricots.
7.) A no-brainer, but if you have access to a garden, raise your own livestock for food purposes (milk, eggs, meat, etc.), or grind bulk wheat into flour, the ideas on this list become cheaper, AND a whole new realm of possibilities opens up for meals and snacks that meet the parameters of the list above.